FIRST LOOK: HERE’S TRUMP’S ‘AMERICA FIRST’ TAX PLAN

Basic framework for tax relief targeting the middle-class and small businesses

 
Goals:
  • Tax relief for middle-class families.
  • The simplicity of “postcard” tax filing for the vast majority of Americans.
  • Tax relief for businesses, especially small businesses.
  • Ending incentives to ship jobs, capital, and tax revenue overseas
  • Broadening the tax base and providing greater fairness for all Americans by closing special interest tax rates and loopholes.
 

 

Feds rush aid to Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is ramping up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island’s struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including “billions of dollars” in debt to “Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”

The Trump administration has tried to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of its efforts in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes there.

Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, many of the more than 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water and fuel. Flights off the island were infrequent, communications were spotty and roads were clogged with debris. Officials said electrical power may not be fully restored for more than a month.

Trump himself pointed out some differences between the two states and the island in a series of tweets Monday night.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.”

Trump also noted that the island’s electrical grid was already “in terrible shape.” Still, he promised, “Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well.”

In Washington, officials said no armada of U.S. Navy ships was headed to the island because supplies could be carried in more efficiently by plane. The Trump administration ruled out temporarily setting aside federal restrictions on foreign ships’ transportation of cargo, saying it wasn’t needed. The government had waived those rules in Florida and Texas until last week.

Though the administration said the focus on aid was strong, when two Cabinet secretaries spoke at a conference on another subject — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency is helping restore the island’s power — neither made any mention of Puerto Rico or Hurricane Maria.

Democratic lawmakers with large Puerto Rican constituencies back on the mainland characterized the response so far as too little and too slow. The confirmed toll from Maria jumped to at least 49 on Monday, including 16 dead in Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Ricans are Americans,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., who traveled to Puerto Rico over the weekend to assess the damage. “We cannot and will not turn our backs on them.”

Trump himself was expected at the end of last week to visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, after they had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma. But the trip was delayed after Maria set its sights on the islands.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, and White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert landed in San Juan on Monday, appearing with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello at a brief news briefing. Though Rossello had urgently called for more emergency assistance over the weekend, he expressed his gratitude for the help so far.

The governor said the presence of Long and Bossert was “a clear indication that the administration is committed with Puerto Rico’s recovery process.”

Long said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We realize that.”

Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made no mention of Puerto Rico or the hurricane during a joint appearance before the National Petroleum Council, a business-friendly federal advisory committee. News reporters were not allowed to ask questions.

Perry had traveled with Trump to Texas and Florida following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Energy Department crews are working in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, coordinating with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, FEMA and a team from the New York Power Authority, among others. An eight-member team from the Western Area Power Authority, an Energy Department agency, assisted with initial damage assessments in Puerto Rico and has been redeployed to St. Thomas. A spokeswoman said additional responders would go to Puerto Rico as soon as transportation to the hurricane-ravaged island could be arranged.

Zinke’s department oversees the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with other territories.

The federal response to Maria faces obvious logistical challenges beyond those in Texas or Florida. Supplies must be delivered by air or sea, rather than with convoys of trucks.

FEMA said it had more than 700 staff on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They were helping coordinate a federal response that now includes more than 10,000 federal personnel spread across the two Caribbean archipelagos.

In Puerto Rico, federal workers supplied diesel to fuel generators at hospitals and delivered desperately needed food and water to hard-hit communities across the island. Cargo flights are bringing in additional supplies, and barges loaded with more goods are starting to arrive in the island’s ports.

San Juan’s international airport handled nearly 100 arrivals and departures on Sunday, including military and relief operations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Pentagon dispatched the Navy amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, which provided helicopters and Marines to help with the relief effort onshore.

However, the Trump administration said Monday it would not waive federal restrictions on foreign ships’ transportation of cargo as it had following Harvey and Irma. The administration said it will continue to enforce the Jones Act, which requires that goods transported between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flagged ships.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said the agency had concluded there were already enough US-flagged vessels available.

On Capitol Hill, congressional leaders were talking about how to pay for it all. Puerto Rico was already struggling from steep financial and economic challenges before Maria made landfall.

After the devastating storm, Puerto Ricans will now be eligible to benefit from the same pots of federal emergency disaster aid and rebuilding funds available to residents in Texas and Florida.

Lawmakers approved a $15 billion hurricane relief packaged after Harvey hit Texas, but billions more will likely now be needed to respond to Maria.

Ryan said Monday that Congress will ensure the people of Puerto Rico “have what they need.”

If you were pirating in the early 2000’s, the NSA probably knows.

 

A NEW CACHE of Edward Snowden documents have revealed that the NSA was actively monitoring file-sharing networks more than 12 years ago. 

According to a report at The Intercept, the NSA formed a research group dedicated to studying peer-to-peer internet traffic, via apps including LimeWire, eDonkey, Kazaa and BitTorrent, to see if it could find valuable intelligence by monitoring such activity.

“One question that naturally arises after identifying file-sharing traffic is whether or not there is anything of intelligence value in this traffic,” the NSA document begins.

“By searching our collection databases, it is clear that many targets are using popular file sharing applications; but if they are merely sharing the latest release of their favourite pop star, this traffic is of dubious value (no offence to Britney Spears intended).”

The document goes onto reveal that the NSA successfully cracked the encryption of at least two of these file-sharing sites – Kazaa and eDonkey – which gave it access to users’ email addresses, country codes, names, the location of the downloaded files and a list of recent searches.” 

“We have developed the capability to decrypt and decode both Kazaa and eDonkey traffic to determine which files are being shared, and what queries are being performed,” the researcher wrote.

 

This also the NSA the ability to look deeper into user behaviour, which lead to the discovery that some were using P2P systems to share files that weren’t “simply harmless music and movie files.”

“With more widespread adoption, these tools will allow us to regularly assimilate data which previously had been passed over; giving us a more complete picture of our targets and their activities,” the document adds.

As noted by The Intercept, Kazaa shut down in 2012, but the eDonkey network – although not as popular as it once was – is still active, and still uses “the same vulnerable encryption it did in 2004.”

A representative of the eMule developer team told the website: “There is no doubt the NSA could spy on the traffic if they wanted to,” adding that “preventing this was not the aim of the protocol encryption (and not much of an issue back then in the old days when this feature was coded).”

The newly-surfaced document reveals that the NSA, along with the UK’s GCHQ, went on to hack BitTorrent and other torrent sites. In one case, the GCHQ shared information about a pedophile ring with London’s Met police and could search out users sharing files with “jihad” in the filename on eMule, in another instance.

A GCHQ spokesperson said to The Intercept: “All of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary, and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO), and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.

“All our operational processes rigorously support this position. In addition, the UK’s interception regime is entirely compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Please Sign Whitehouse Petition to Release FBI Documents Withheld Due to “Lack of Public Interest”

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FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy has rejected a FOIA request to release records held by the FBI on Hillary Clinton.

““You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject…It is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public’s interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA,.

The assumption made by Mr. Hardy that such a release is not in the public interest is invalid and the FBI should immediately release these documents.

Whatever happened to “ignorance of the law is no excuse?”

From: PAUL BENTLEY FOR THE DAILY MAIL

A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he  was taught that women are worthless.

Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.

Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’

Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.

But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail might cause him ‘more damage than good’.

Rashid, from Birmingham, admitted he had sex with the girl, saying he had been ‘tempted by her’ after they met online.

They initially exchanged messages on Facebook before sending texts and chatting on the phone over a two-month period.

They then met up in Nottingham, where Rashid had booked a room at a Premier Inn.

The girl told police they stayed at the hotel for two hours and had sex after Rashid went to the bathroom and emerged wearing a condom.

Rashid then returned home and went straight to a mosque to pray. He was arrested the following week after the girl confessed what had happened to a school friend, who informed one of her teachers.

He told police he knew the girl was 13 but said he was initially reluctant to have sex before relenting after being seduced.

Earlier the court heard how Rashid had ‘little experience of women’ due to his education at an Islamic school in the UK, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

After his arrest, he told a psychologist that he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law. The court heard he found it was illegal only when he was informed by a family member.

In other interviews with psychologists, Rashid claimed he had been taught in his school that ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’.

When Judge Stokes said Rashid ‘must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut’, defence lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a ‘degree of sexual naivety’.

‘The school he attended, it is not going too far to say, can be described as a closed community and on this occasion this was perpetuated by his home life.

‘It is not too far to say that he may not have known that having sex with a 13-year-old girl was illegal.’ Judge Stokes sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.

Describing Rashid, the judge said: ‘He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.’

But he said that Rashid knew what he was doing was wrong.

‘It was made clear to you at the school you attended that having sexual relations with a woman before marriage was contrary to the precepts of Islam,’ he said.

Addressing Rashid, the judge said: ‘I accept this was a case where the girl was quite willing to have sexual activity with you. But the law is there to protect young girls, even though they are perfectly happy to engage in sexual activity.’

The Washington Post Is Running A Propaganda Campaign Against President Trump. Writers Tied To Hillary Clinton And Her Agents.

From: OrwellianChronicle 

If you ever wondered why The Washington Post was so Anti-Trump, I have a simple answer for you.. The Podesta’s. After the 2016 Presidential Election, John Podesta, the former campaign head to Hillary Clinton and former Chief Of Staff to Bill Clinton and counselor to Barack Obama, John Podesta, took a job at the Washington Post as a “Contributing Columnist”. Yeah you really can’t make this stuff up!

Rosalind S. Helderman is a political reporter over at the Washington Post, constantly writes hit pieces on Trump and other Republicans was routinely having her articles passed around the Clinton Campaign as shown in the Wikileaks Podesta Email releases . This particular article was forwarded to John Podesta and Robby Mook by Adelle P. Cruz, Legislative Correspondent for Senator Harry Reid. 

Rosalind S. Helderman routinely cleared her stories by the Clinton Campaign and had direct contact with the Clinton Foundation!!!!!  Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Obama from 2013 to 2015 worked closely for the Clinton Campaign and regularly opines for Washington Post stories and routinely in contact with Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s close confidante and Political Strategist, who is also connected to Erik Wemple of the Washington Post. Here is an article by Erik Wemple throwing shade towards the New York Times over a story covering details of the Hillary Clinton email scandal directly citing a letter from Jennifer Palmieri.

Amber Phillips of the Washington Post also worked directly for the Clinton Campaign while also working for the Washington Post. Her email address in many of the email exchanges with John Podesta is aphillips@hillaryclinton.com 

Hillary Clinton says Jeff Stein of the Washington Post is a good friend of hers.. The connections are mind-boggling. He writes for “SpyTalk” a Washington Post blog  He also has ties to David Brock’s Media Matters and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Both of which worked directly with the Clinton Campaign. He also writes for Newsweek.

Karen DeYoung over at WaPo is used to asking for direction from John Podesta and his people

Hillary Clinton kept close tabs on The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashema who was working on a story about Dyncorp hiring “Dancing Boys” in Afghanistan while she was Secretary Of State. “Dancing Boys” are underage Afghani sex slaves. I had to do some digging to find the article in question. I do believe that she maintained a working relationship with people in the Clinton Camp, cowrote the WaPo article covering the fake news story that James Comey was pressured by President Trump to drop the Flynn probe.  Lets get a look at that memo for ourselves! Oh, we can’t because the only known copies of said memo are at the Washington Post and The New York Times, that’s totally legit right? They are very Fake News.

Robert Kagan, of Brookings Institute writes a monthly piece for The Washington Post. He is a Neoconservative that backed Hillary Clinton. He is used to writing hit pieces on President Trump.

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post was caught up in the DNC Leaks also coordinating with the Clinton Campaign 

Fareed Zakaria CNN personality and Opinion Writer for the Washington Post constantly slams President Trump, just so happens to be in bed with The Clinton Global Initiative and has even moderated discussions for them!! I’m sure he was paid handsomely for his work with the Clinton Global Initiative. George Soros was also in attendance at this event.

Ronald A. Klain is an Opinion Writer at the Washington Post. He previously worked for Joe Biden.

I’d consider it safe to assume that the abundance of Clinton connected writers and columnists at the Washington Post, which is owned by Clinton insider and political supporter Jeff Bezos has a lot to do with its current position as the key disinformation and propaganda outlet for the Democrats and The Deep State.

Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, and has extensive connections and contracts with the C.I.A. 

Lets not forget.. OBAMA QUIETLY SIGNS THE ‘COUNTERING DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA ACT’ INTO LAW

Is this all starting to make sense to you? It would seem that all of the writers at the Washington Post running the propaganda campaign against President Trump are all directly connected to Hillary Clinton either directly or through one of her lap dogs.

Many of these Journalist hacks seem to move between The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, and CNN. “Fake News” writers might change employers but continue to tow the line for the Democratic Party and the Deep State.

You cannot trust ANYTHING coming out of these people, they are far from objective and have an AGENDA and are complicit in the ongoing Deep State COUP of President Donald Trump.

They are attempting to prolong and expand the Russiagate canard, despite the fact that there is still zero evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia. This is a direct smear campaign to try to alienate President Trump’s base from him. They will stop at nothing to prevent President Trump from enacting his Pro-America agenda that he was sent to Washington to accomplish. With people like this, it will become increasingly difficult to “Drain The Swamp”. In my honest opinion I think it’s time that President Trump take the gloves off and starts hiring a new communications and press team that will actually expose the traitorous actions of The Washington Post.

I will continue to dig up as much information on these ties as I can and will expand into the New York Times and CNN as time goes on. Stay Vigilant.

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It’s a troubling fact that puts our nation’s future in peril.

The data come from Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

As reported by the National Review’s Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, “some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.”

Murdock counted Judicial Watch’s state-by-state tally and found that 462 U.S. counties had a registration rate exceeding 100% of all eligible voters. That’s 3.552 million people, who Murdock calls “ghost voters.” And how many people is that? There are 21 states that don’t have that many people.

Nor are these tiny, rural counties or places that don’t have the wherewithal to police their voter rolls.

California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.

But, Murdock notes, “California’s San Diego County earns the enchilada grande. Its 138% registration translates into 810,966 ghost voters.”

State by state, this is an enormous problem that needs to be dealt with seriously. Having so many bogus voters out there is a temptation to voter fraud. In California, where Hillary Clinton racked up a massive majority over Trump, it would have made little difference.

But in other states, and in smaller elections, voter fraud could easily turn elections. A hundred votes here, a hundred votes there, and things could be very different. As a Wikipedia list of close elections shows, since just 2000 there have been literally dozens of elections at the state, local and federal level decided by 100 votes or fewer.

And, in at least two nationally important elections in recent memory, the outcome was decided by a paper-thin margin: In 2000, President Bush beat environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore by just 538 votes.

Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, won his seat by beating incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008. Coleman was initially declared the winner the day after the election, with a 726-vote lead over Franken. But after a controversial series of recounts and ballot disqualifications, Franken emerged weeks later with a 225-seat victory.

Franken’s win was enormous, since it gave Democrats filibuster-proof control of the Senate. So, yes, small vote totals matter.

We’re not saying here that Franken cheated, nor, for that matter, that Bush did. But small numbers can have an enormous impact on our nation’s governance. The 3.5 million possible fraudulent ballots that exist are a problem that deserves serious immediate attention. Nothing really hinges on it, of course, except the integrity and honesty of our democratic elections.

WHY WAS THIS ‘CROWD HIRE’ COMPANY RECRUITING $25 AN HOUR ‘POLITICAL ACTIVISTS’ IN CHARLOTTE LAST WEEK?

Trump ignited a political firestorm during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was “ for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend.    

Now, the discovery , almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based “public relations firm specializing in innovative events” to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

The ad was posted by a company called “and offered $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to participate in events in the “Charlotte, NC area.”  While the ad didn’t explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of “actors and photographers” it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were “ok with participating in peaceful protests.”  Here is the text from the ad:

Actors and Photographers Wanted in Charlotte
Crowds on Demand, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a “can-do” spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit.

 

 

For more information about us, 

If you’re interested in working with us, please reply to this posting with the following info:

  • Full Name
  • Prior relevant experience (as an actor/performer, photographer, brand ambassador, political activist, etc)
  • When are you usually available for work?
  • Resume (optional)
  • If you’re a photographer, what equipment do you use?
  • Are you ok with participating in peaceful protests (optional)?

So what is 

Are you looking to create a buzz anywhere in the United States? At Crowds on Demand, we provide our clients with protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts. These services are available across the country in every major U.S city, every major U.S metro area and even most smaller cities as well. We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas. You can come to us with a specific plan of action and we can make it happen. OR, you can approach us with a general  idea and we can help you plan the strategy then execute it.
We’ve made campaigns involving hundreds of people come to action in just days. We have a proven record of delivering major wins on even the toughest campaigns and delivering phenomenal experiences with even the most logistically challenging events.

The CEO of Crowds on that his firm was involved in the Charlottesville protests but refused to provide details on the specific purpose of the craigslist ad and/or why it was temporarily removed yesterday before being restored.

“We were not involved in any capacity with the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by the violence” 

Silly question, but if your cause is worthy of protest then why would you need to pay $25 per hour to get people to show up?

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